"My intention is to bring colour and joy in to any space from a wall canvas to painting a pool wall...Limitless ideas for unlimited surfaces."
Jan Erika is a multi-media artist with more than one string to her bow - her cello bow. Yes, she is a classically trained cellist who has enjoyed a successful career in the concert halls, and later teaching music. You can hear her on Paul Weller’s and Stone Foundation’s new releases next year.
Her childhood on the east coast of England, in a family thoroughly in-tune with the beauty of nature and the outdoors, sowed the seeds of her passion for shape, form, pattern and colour. She developed a love of what she calls ‘the rhythm of the landscape’, and this is reflected in much of her work.
Jan Erika: “As a teenager, fashion became my driving passion: Linda, Christy, Naomi and Kate adorned my bedroom walls. I even dabbled in the modelling world, shadowing various designers like McQueen, Luella Bartley and Michiko Koshino. But it was classical music that I chose to study at university.”
After a long break to raise her family, Jan Erika found herself drawn back to her original passion - art, this time exploring colour, pattern and shape, always hearing that ‘rhythm’ as she worked.
“I often begin with an actual flower or plant, then let the inner rhythm take me where it will. There is a strong relationship between music, nature and my work. It is totally absorbing, whether I am creating a painting for Paul Weller’s home, a silk scarf, rug design or even a range of tableware for Juliska USA. My passion for colour has taken me to paint live in Fortnum and Mason ( first ever live in-house artist ), The Royal Academy of Art and Kensington Palace this October 2019 and 2020 brings several exciting new projects with English Heritage, Matthew Wailles Rugs for Decorex 2020.